I’ve been there; taking a shower and brushing my hair with my fingers, then looking down at my hand and seen an unhealthy amount of hairs and thinking “oh my God, I’m going bald”. If you’re approaching menopause or in menopause, then there is a good chance that you will experience hair loss to some degree.
A big contributing factor for hair loss during menopause can be an increase in androgens (such as testosterone) and less estrogen levels. According to the Mayo Clinic, hair follicles are affected by hormonal changes in menopause; these changes shorten their growth phase and can create a thinner and shorter hair shaft. Much like it occurs in men.
As we approach menopause, our Testosterone levels increase while our estrogen level does the opposite. This shift is a problem because the imbalance can cause hair loss. Also, since testosterone gives us ‘manly’ features such as body hair, an increase of it can also cause hair to grow in unusual and unwanted places; such as your face.
There are various treatment options available depending on the root cause of female hair thinning or hair loss:
Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
The main reason behind a woman’s hair loss or thinning is usually a hormonal imbalance. At menopause, a woman’s ovaries produce significantly less estrogen and progesterone and no longer release eggs. A woman is considered to have reached menopause when she has not had a menstrual period for 1 year. It’s at this time that women enter post-menopause, a phase in life that not only affects hair growth but it also increases the risk for heart disease, breast cancer and osteoporosis.
A comprehensive assessment of your hormonal levels should tell you if you’re missing/producing too much of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid hormones, DHEA and cortisol. Restoring the natural androgen to estrogen ratio can stop hair loss and hair thinning as well as ridding you of other pesky menopausal symptoms.
Create a stress-free environment
Stress-induced hair loss is known as alopecia areata; white blood cells attack hair follicles causing hair to fall out within weeks (usually in patches). Major surgery severe infections or chronic illnesses can stress out your system resulting in hair loss.
Going through menopause can affect your hormone levels and cause hair loss, adding stress to the equation can aggravate the problem. Consider meditation, naps, yoga, and avoid stressful situations!
Since the problem with unwanted hair growth and hair loss can come from an increase in the ratio of androgen to estrogen, changing your diet to help rebalance your hormones should be part of your treatment. Avoid foods high in sugars and carbohydrates; increase your intake of lean protein and fiber. Exercise alongside better nutrition can help your body work properly and produce normal levels of both androgen and estrogen.
Have you noticed your hair is thinner, weaker now? Are you going through Menopause? Let us know, we can help